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Jon Lester

32-Year-Old Pitcher – Chicago Cubs

2016 Stats

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2-1

ERA

1.83

WHIP

0.93

K

33

SV

0

2016 Preseason Projections

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2016 Fantasy Baseball Outlook

The Cubs shelled out big bucks for Lester last offseason and he earned his money with a strong performance in 2015 - except in the win-loss department. With just an 11-12 record atop the Cubs' rotatio...

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2016 ADP:  60.69

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LEAGUE: Majors   40 MAN: YES   BATS: L   THROWS: L   HT: 6' 4"   WT: 240   DOB: 1/7/1984   BORN: Tacoma, WA   COLLEGE: None   DRAFTED: 2nd Rd    Show ContractHide Contract

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Jon Lester Contract Information:

Lester agreed to a six-year, $155 million deal with the Cubs in December of 2014.

April 29, 2016  –  Jon Lester News

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Lester (2-1) was excellent again Friday afternoon as he allowed just one run on seven hits, walking two and striking out 10 over seven innings, but came away with a no-decision against the Braves.

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Jon Lester Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm G GS SH IP H ER HR K BB W L SV BS HLD ERA WHIP
2004 20 A SAR 21 20 0 90.3 82 43 2 97 37 7 6 0 4.28 1.32
2005 21 AA POR 26 26 0 148.3 114 42 10 163 57 11 6 0 2.55 1.15
2006 22 AAA PAW 11 11 0 46.7 43 14 5 43 25 3 4 0 2.70 1.46
2006 22 MAJ BOS 15 15 0 81.3 91 43 7 60 43 7 2 0 4.76 1.65
2007 23 A GRE 3 3 0 13.0 11 3 2 15 2 0 0 0 2.08 1.00
2007 23 AA POR 1 1 0 6.0 5 1 0 4 4 1 0 0 1.50 1.50
2007 23 AAA PAW 14 14 0 71.7 67 31 4 51 31 4 5 0 3.89 1.37
2007 23 MAJ BOS 12 11 0 63.0 61 32 10 50 31 4 0 0 4.57 1.46
2008 24 MAJ BOS 33 33 2 210.3 202 75 14 152 66 16 6 0 3.21 1.27
2009 25 MAJ BOS 32 32 0 203.3 186 77 20 225 64 15 8 0 3.41 1.23
2010 26 MAJ BOS 32 32 0 208.0 167 75 14 225 83 19 9 0 0 0 3.25 1.20
2011 27 MAJ BOS 31 31 0 191.7 166 74 20 182 75 15 9 0 0 0 3.47 1.26
2012 28 MAJ BOS 33 33 0 205.3 216 110 25 166 68 9 14 0 0 0 4.82 1.38
2013 29 MAJ BOS 33 33 1 213.3 209 89 19 177 67 15 8 0 0 0 3.75 1.29
2014 30 MAJ BOS 21 21 0 143.0 128 40 9 149 32 10 7 0 0 0 2.52 1.12
2014 30 MAJ OAK 11 11 1 76.7 66 20 7 71 16 6 4 0 0 0 2.35 1.07
2014  (Multiple Teams) 30 MAJ BOS/OAK 32 32 1 219.7 194 60 16 220 48 16 11 0 0 0 2.46 1.10
2015 31 MAJ CHC 32 32 0 205.0 183 76 16 207 47 11 12 0 0 0 3.34 1.12
2016 32 MAJ CHC 5 5 0 34.3 25 7 4 33 7 2 1 0 0 0 1.83 0.93
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3-Year Averages     32 32 0 212.7 195 75 17 201 54 14 10 0 0 0 3.17 1.17
Career  (View All)     290 289 4 1,835.3 1,700 718 165 1,697 599 129 80 0 3.52 1.25

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Jon Lester Game Log    (View Full Game Log)
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DATE OPP IP H R ER HR BB K HBP WP CG W-L SV BS HLD ERA WHIP
Apr. 29 Atl 7.0 7 1 1 1 2 10 0 1 0 - 0 0 0 1.83 0.93
Apr. 22 @Cin 7.0 5 1 1 1 1 4 0 0 0 W 0 0 0 1.98 0.84
Apr. 17 Col 7.3 4 1 1 1 2 10 0 0 0 L 0 0 0 2.21 0.84
Apr. 11 Cin 6.0 5 3 3 1 2 5 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 2.77 0.85
Apr. 5 @LAA 7.0 4 1 1 0 0 4 0 0 0 W 0 0 0 1.29 0.57
Last 14 Days
3 Games:  Avg. 7.1 IP/G
21.3 16 3 3 3 5 24 0 1 0 1-1 0 0 0 1.27 0.98
Last 30 Days
5 Games:  Avg. 6.9 IP/G
34.3 25 7 7 4 7 33 0 1 0 2-1 0 0 0 1.83 0.93
Last 60 Days
5 Games:  Avg. 6.9 IP/G
34.3 25 7 7 4 7 33 0 1 0 2-1 0 0 0 1.83 0.93

Jon Lester Split Stats    (View Full Split Stats)

Vs. Left

Year Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR BAA
2016341018001.242
201518953844724.247
20142075211491223.258

Vs. Right

Year Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR BAA
20169423617103.193
20156391543913935412.237
20146781683714531113.230

Home

Year IP W L SV K BB HR ERA WHIP
201620.301025632.211.08
2015125.079012532113.601.22
2014120.08601242351.951.04

Away

Year IP W L SV K BB HR ERA WHIP
201614.02008111.290.71
201580.0430821552.930.98
201499.78509625113.071.17
Jon Lester Advanced Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm G GS IP K/9 BB/9 K/BB HR/9 GB/FB Ratio Strand % Fastball ERA FIP BABIP
2004 20 A SAR 21 20 90.3 9.66 3.69 2.62 0.20 65% 4.28 2.57 .337
2005 21 AA POR 26 26 148.3 9.89 3.46 2.86 0.61 80.1% 2.55 3.11 .289
2006 22 AAA PAW 11 11 46.7 8.29 4.82 1.72 0.96 85.7% 2.70 4.36 .300
2006 22 MAJ BOS 15 15 81.3 6.64 4.76 1.40 0.77 1.05 71.7% 4.76 4.48 .332
2007 23 A GRE 3 3 13.0 10.38 1.38 7.50 1.38 90.9% 2.08 3.35 .294
2007 23 AA POR 1 1 6.0 6.00 6.00 1.00 0.00 88.9% 1.50 3.87 .279
2007 23 AAA PAW 14 14 71.7 6.40 3.89 1.65 0.50 71.3% 3.89 3.93 .294
2007 23 MAJ BOS 12 11 63.0 7.14 4.43 1.61 1.43 0.67 73.2% 4.57 5.20 .285
2008 24 MAJ BOS 33 33 210.3 6.50 2.82 2.30 0.60 1.41 76% 92.1 MPH 3.21 3.59 .299
2009 25 MAJ BOS 32 32 203.3 9.96 2.83 3.52 0.89 1.45 75.2% 93.7 MPH 3.41 3.24 .323
2010 26 MAJ BOS 32 32 208.0 9.74 3.59 2.71 0.61 1.93 74.2% 93.3 MPH 3.25 3.25 .297
2011 27 MAJ BOS 31 31 191.7 8.55 3.52 2.43 0.94 1.63 75.6% 92.7 MPH 3.47 4.00 .289
2012 28 MAJ BOS 33 33 205.3 7.28 2.98 2.44 1.10 1.63 67.2% 92.6 MPH 4.82 4.22 .316
2013 29 MAJ BOS 33 33 213.3 7.47 2.83 2.64 0.80 1.32 72.8% 92.7 MPH 3.75 3.74 .309
2014 30 MAJ BOS 21 21 143.0 9.38 2.01 4.66 0.57 1.23 79.5% 91.8 MPH 2.52 2.69 .319
2014 30 MAJ OAK 11 11 76.7 8.33 1.88 4.44 0.82 1.22 82.7% 91.8 MPH 2.35 3.20 .289
2014  (Multiple Teams) 30 MAJ BOS/OAK 32 32 219.7 9.01 1.97 4.58 0.66 1.23 80.5% 91.8 MPH 2.46 2.82 .308
2015 31 MAJ CHC 32 32 205.0 9.09 2.06 4.40 0.70 1.80 72% 92.0 MPH 3.34 2.99 .310
2016 32 MAJ CHC 5 5 34.3 8.65 1.83 4.71 1.05 1.68 89.3% 91.7 MPH 1.83 3.40 .248
Today's Projections     0 0 .0 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0% 0.00 0.00 .000
Next 7 Days     0 2 13.3 7.46 2.35 3.18 0.83 72.9% 3.41 3.53 .286
Rest Of Season     0 26 170.9 7.68 2.33 3.29 0.86 72.6% 3.47 3.52 .288
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3-Year Averages     32 32 212.7 8.51 2.29 3.72 0.72 75% 3.17 3.11 .309
Career     290 289 1,835.3 8.32 2.94 2.83 0.81 74.1% 3.52 3.53 .306

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2016 Stat Review for Jon Lester    As compared to the top 100 starting pitchers in 2015 (min 130 in)

K/BB/HR Stats

A collection of stats that measure different skills.

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4.71 K/BB
GREAT
8.65 K/9
GOOD
1.83 BB/9
GREAT
91.7 MPH Fastball
AVERAGE
1.1 HR/9
WEAK
1.68 GB/FB Ratio
MODERATE GROUNDBALLER
ERA/WHIP/FIP

A few general measures of a pitcher's effectiveness.

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1.83 ERA
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0.93 WHIP
ELITE
3.40 FIP
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BABIP/Strand

Balls in play avg. and % of runners left stranded.

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.248 BABIP
LOW
89.3% Strand Rate
HIGH

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Jon Lester: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Lester allowed just one run on five hits, walking one and striking out four over seven innings of an 8-1 win against Cincinnati on Friday night.

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Lester was a tough-luck loser in Sunday's start versus the Rockies, tossing 7.1 innings of one-run ball with 10 strikeouts and two walks.

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Lester took a no decision Monday against the Reds, allowing three runs on five hits and two walks over six innings. He struck out five.

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Lester (1-0) earned the win Tuesday over the Angels as he allowed just one run on four hits over seven innings. He struck out four and didn't walk a batter.

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Lester struck out 10 in a five-inning scoreless appearance against the Rockies on Wednesday.

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Lester has a bone chip in his left elbow, but he's pitched through the issue for much of his career and isn't expected to be limited heading into the regular season, Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

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Lester will pitch in a minor league game Tuesday, Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports.

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Lester struggled in his spring debut, giving up seven hits and six runs (three earned) in two innings.

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Lester will start Game 1 of the NLCS, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.

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Lester took the loss in Game 1 of the NLDS against the Cardinals on Friday, allowing three runs on five hits and one walk while striking out nine.

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2016

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2015

The A's traded for Lester as part of their push to go all-in for a World Series title last season, but he let A's fans down in the AL Wild Card Game, allowing six runs in 7.1 innings and failing to hold a late four-run lead. After a terrible 2012 (4.83 ERA), Lester has dropped his ERA by more than a full run in consecutive season, putting up a 2.46 ERA in 2014. He got his strikeout rate back up to 9.0 K/9 after it had slipped into the 7.0-range in back-to-back seasons, and his durability continues to increase his value, as he's made at least 30 starts in every season since 2008. Lester became a free agent after his short stint in Oakland, and landed a six-year, $155 million deal in December to head up the Cubs' rotation.

2014

Lester needed to re-establish his bonafides in Boston after the 2012 season when he went 9-14 and had career-lows (as a full-time starter) in ERA, WHIP and H/9. This, after his starring role in the September 2011 collapse. He's not the power pitcher he used to be, but Lester turned in a stellar season that culminated in a 4-1 record and 1.56 ERA over five postseason starts. At age 30, Lester is entering the final year of his current contract as Boston's No. 1 starter. He'll be pitching for the next big contract.

2013

The hangover from 2011 that stayed with the team in 2012 also stayed with Lester, who had a career-high 4.82 ERA and experienced a drop in his strikeout rate for the second straight season. As hitters made more contact, Lester's batting line against and home runs allowed rose to career highs. He is still a workhorse, having thrown more than 200 innings in four of the last five years, and at age 29, time is still on his side. Like every struggling pitcher on Boston's staff, the hope is that the return of former pitching coach John Farrell (as the team's manager) will have a positive impact on Lester.

2012

Lester had another strong season, his fourth straight, and at 28, he's entering his prime years. The left-hander suffered some control issues and saw his strikeout rate drop, but he had stretches of dominance, too. Along with Josh Beckett, Lester is at the top of Boston's rotation and pitches in front of a run-producing lineup. The X-factor entering the 2012 season is how he'll respond to the leaks about his clubhouse behavior that came out of Boston's late-season collapse. As a dogged competitor who never gives in, Lester should be driven to change perceptions.

2011

Lester won a career-high 19 games, threw over 200 innings for the third straight season, and finished fourth in the Cy Young voting in 2010. His 9.7 K/9IP led the American League and he held opponents to a .220 batting average (fourth in AL). Other than a slight uptick in walks, Lester proffered another dominant season as Boston's de facto No. 1 starter. All signs point to another big season from him at age 27 as he continues to be the most consistent of the Red Sox's starting pitchers.

2010

Lester, 26, posted his second consecutive strong season after beating cancer, throwing over 200 innings in 2008 and 2009. Of particular note, Lester improved his strikeout rate from 6.5 K/9IP to 10.0 K/9IP last season. That translates to 73 more punchouts in seven less innings. He's been Boston's most consistent starter during his recent run. The walks, the bugaboo early in his career, are dropping and Lester's clearly becoming one of the better pitchers in the AL.

2009

Lester became Boston's ace in 2008 and was the team's most consistent pitcher from April to October. What changed for Lester is that he began throwing more first-pitch strikes while walking relatively fewer batters. He appeared to be getting stronger as the season wore on, even while pitching 129 innings more than his previous career high. Lester established himself as one of the game's best starters during the second half of the season and will be part of a fine threesome along with Josh Beckett and Daisuke Matsuzaka. Beckett may be the nominal No. 1 starter and Matsuzaka may have had more wins, but Lester was clearly the best on the staff.

2008

Lester, MLB's winner of the Tony Conigliaro award for overcoming adversity, was brought back slowly in 2007 after battling non-Hodgkins lymphoma. He never really found a groove and continued to walk batters at a high rate. He's a fourth or fifth starter if he's still with Boston come April. Lester's name has been mentioned in trade talks with Minnesota. In either place, he'll be part of the starting rotation.

2007

Lester is obviously a question mark entering the 2007 season in light of the lymphoma he was diagnosed with last September. He reports that he's cancer-free after treatment and is looking forward to spring training. Unfortunately, Boston has five set starters. He lived dangerously in his 15 starts in 2006, getting into trouble often via the walk. He's a cool customer on the mound, however, and often worked his way out of jams. He's a power pitcher with a low-to-mid 90s fastball, which is his out pitch. Of course, monitor him this spring to see how the illness has affected him.

2006

When the Red Sox were negotiating the Josh Beckett deal, they told the Marlins that Lester was going nowhere. The team likes the athletic lefty, who has good movement on his low-to-mid-90s fastball, which he uses as his out pitch. He has an above-average change up, an 11-to-5 curve (low 70s) and worked on developing a cutter in 2005. He'll likely begin the 2006 season at Triple-A Pawtucket, where he can work to reduce his walks and continue to be a power strikeout pitcher. Lester is a hard worker and prepares well for each game.

2005

Lester is still learning pitching mechanics and developing consistency, but the lefty is improving. Looking into his numbers, we see some good signs. Hes shown the ability to keep the ball in the park, and last season had a better K/9 ratio for Single-A Sarasota in the Florida State League. He should be moving up to Double-A, where we expect continued development.